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Copyright and Fair Use: Linking to Sources

Best Practices

When linking out of your course management system to external sources or documents make sure that the text you are linking represents a full citation for the source being linked! This not only gives full credit to the source you are using, it also sets a good example for your students of how to properly cite sources. All of NNU's library databases, most academic publisher websites, and even Google Scholar have citation tools that will provide you with a complete citation that you can copy and paste into your course before you apply the link to the content.

BAD EXAMPLE

Article for week 3 on money and ethics

GOOD EXAMPLE

Lau, T. (2010). Towards socially responsible consumption: An evaluation of religiosity and money ethics. International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance, 1(1), 32.

Instructions on Linking to Library Resources

When linking to online articles or ebooks through the NNU Library resources you should always use the PERSISTENT LINK provided on the screen. In most cases the URL that you see in the address box of your browser will be a "session" URL which will not work when copied and pasted into an email or course. 

Here are tips on where to find that PERSISTENT URL for the most frequently used library E-resources.  If you want to link to something and you don't find an example below - please contact one of the NNU faculty librarians and they will help you.

EBSCO articles

  1. Search the EBSCO databases for the article
  2. Click on title of article in your results
  3. Use the "PERMALINK tool that appears in the menu on the right
EBSCO permalink screen capture

ProQuest articles

  1. Search the ProQuest databases for the article
  2. Click on the title of article in your results
  3. Use the Email option. Use the permalink that appears in the body of the email that you receive from the database.
Proquest permalink

Ebrary books

  1. Search the Ebrary ebook database
  2. After searching for a book, click on the title link
  3. Click Share Link to Book
  4. Copy and paste the URL that pops up.  It should look like this:
     with a single book ID number at the end:

    http://0-site.ebrary.com.librarycatalogs.nnu.edu/lib/nnu/docDetail.action?docID=10491762